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Background Essay

The Structure of the Contemporary International System

by Josef Joffevia Strategika
Thursday, November 15, 2018

A monopoly obtains when one firm is free to set prices and output while keeping ambitious newcomers out of the market. The best example is Standard Oil in the late 19th century. Ruthlessly undercutting competitors, the company ended up controlling 90 percent of refined oil flows in the United States. The United States never had that kind of overweening power in the international “market.” It may have come close to unipolarity in the 1990s when its mortal rival, the Soviet Union, had committed suicide. Yet the contemporary world is no longer unipolar. Neither is it bi- or multipolar.

Featured Commentary

Seeking Stability in the Structure of Power

by Seth Cropseyvia Strategika
Thursday, November 15, 2018

The global strategic landscape is moving away from the primacy that America achieved over the last century. New terrain includes the possibility of great power competition, a return to the bipolarity that policy-makers in the immediate post-Cold War said must never happen again. Current sentiment in the U.S. illustrates that there are worse possibilities than bipolarity.

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The Vagaries of World Power

by Nadia Schadlow via Strategika
Thursday, November 15, 2018

By traditional measures—military strength, economic wealth, population size—the United States remains the world’s preeminent superpower. Its economy continues to expand; it deploys the largest military in the world; it is home to a growing population; and American laws and capital flows encourage a vibrant ecosystem for innovation.

In the News

Russia Wants DNC’s Election-Hacking Lawsuit Thrown Out

quoting Jack Goldsmithvia The Washington Post
Tuesday, November 13, 2018
The Russian government is arguing that a federal court should dismiss a lawsuit brought by the Democratic National Committee alleging that Moscow’s military spies, the Trump campaign and the WikiLeaks organization conspired to disrupt the 2016 campaign and tilt the election to Donald Trump.
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Retired Gen. John Abizaid Picked As Ambassador To Saudi Arabia

mentioning Hoover Institutionvia The Wall Street Journal
Tuesday, November 13, 2018

[Subscription Required] President Trump on Tuesday nominated retired four-star Army Gen. John Abizaid, who oversaw U.S. Central Command during the initial years of the Iraq War, to be ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

Interviews

Jamil Jaffer: Microsoft, Google Back Paris Cyber Pledge On Hacks

interview with Jamil Jaffervia Bloomberg
Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Hoover Institution fellow Jamil Jaffer discusses the pact that Microsoft Corp., Google and Samsung Electronics Co. are backing, which is a cybersecurity pledge coming out of Paris that promises to unite tech giants and governments in battling election tampering, compromised electronic components, and software hacks.

In the News

Trump Picks Former CENTCOM Commander For Ambassador To Saudi Arabia

featuring John Abizaidvia Military Times
Tuesday, November 13, 2018

A retired four-star general is President Donald Trump’s pick to be U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia, filling a key diplomatic vacancy at a time when U.S.-Saudi relations are being tested by the slaying of a journalist critical of the Saudi royal family.

Interviews

Victor Davis Hanson: Macron Wants ‘European Union Army,’ Can’t Make NATO Payments

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia Breitbart
Monday, November 12, 2018

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson reflects on Macron’s Sunday remarks at the centennial commemoration of World War I’s armistice in Paris, France, where the French leader said, “Patriotism is the exact opposite of nationalism: Nationalism is treason.”

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Blood-Soaked Monster

featuring Stephen Kotkinvia The Claremont Review of Books
Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Writing a biography of Joseph Stalin is a monumental task, which he made as difficult as possible.

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A New Afghanistan with H.R. McMaster and Janan Mosazai

interview with H. R. McMaster, Janan Mosazaivia Uncommon Knowledge
Wednesday, November 14, 2018

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H.R. McMaster and Janan Mosazai discuss the current state of Afghanistan, it’s position in the Middle East and Asia, and the path forward for the country. 

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